PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia 76ers fans can soon take home a 2-inch by 2-inch piece of the original hardwood court where basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain scored a NBA-record 100 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.
Woodworking firm Ernest Bock & Sons Millwork, founded in 1949 and located in Philadelphia, cut portions of the hardwood basketball floor down to the 2-inch by 2-inch souvenir blocks.
The 50th anniversary of that classic takes place next Friday, and all fans in attendance at the Sixers versus Golden State Warriors game will receive a specially mounted commemorative piece.
Not only will Philadelphia Sixers fans get a block of history but the organization plans to showcase the remainder of the court at the Sixers’ home, the Wells Fargo Center, as well as at their practice facilities. Portions of the court will also be donated to MA-based Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The original hardwood court was purchased by the Sixers from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts.
"Wilt Chamberlain is without any doubt one of the most legendary individuals to ever play basketball," said Sixers CEO and Co-Owner Adam Aron. “It is an honor for 76ers Managing Owner Joshua Harris and all in our ownership group to celebrate with our fans the 50th Anniversary of Wilt scoring 100 points at an NBA game. We cannot stress enough how excited we are to have found the original court on which Wilt once soared. Preserving the court in Philadelphia, in Hershey and at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a thrill. So, too is sharing a little bit of this rich history with our fans attending the 50th Anniversary of the greatest scoring performance of all-time in the NBA."
Local woodworking company, Ernest Bock & Sons (EBS) Millwork, founded in 1949 and located in Philadelphia, cut portions of the hardwood basketball floor down to the 2-inch by 2-inch blocks.
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